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The University of Western Ontario

Ontario, Canada

Est. 1878

Ranked among top 10 universities in CA

About The University of Western Ontario

Established in 1878, the University of Western Ontario (branded as ‘Western University’) is a public research university in London, Ontario of Canada.
Western University has its research spread across four primary fields: life sciences, culture, human environments and social trends, public policy and economic activity. One of the main researches over the years at Western University, has been on the ‘human brain’ (conducted at the ‘Brain and Mind Institute’). There are 12 faculties at Western University and the popular ones being Law, Arts & Humanities, Music, Education, Business, Medicine, Engineering and Social Sciences.


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Location

Located in London, the majority of the Western University campus is surrounded by residential neighbourhoods with Thames River crossing the eastern side of the campus. The western side of the campus is the transportation hub of the university. London as a city has a great nightlife and many extracurricular things to do like volunteering and leisure activities. One can spend time at the Budweiser Gardens, Medway Valley Heritage Gardens, the Covent Market and countless other places in London. And remember, Toronto is just 167 km away!


Infrastructure

Western University campus is spread across a lavish 1120 acres with most of the academic facilities are in the main 414 acres. With 8 departments, more than 7000 students and 239 faculty members, the Faculty of Social Science is the largest faculty at Western University. Established in 1942, the beautiful Western University's ‘McIntosh Gallery' has a collection of over 3500 art objects that are not just Canadian but also British, American, Italian and French. The ‘Biotron Experimental Climate Change Research Centre’ is a unique building that houses specialised environmental chambers, labs and equipment dedicated to environmental research, biotechnologies and biomaterials.
The University College (Tower) & Beryl Ivey Garden are the common attractions for visitors and students. There is an Observatory on campus which often holds astronomy nights for viewing the skies through a telescope.


Residing Options

If you like traditional settings, go for Medway-Sydenham Hall, Saugeen-Maitland Hall and Delaware Hall. Alumni House, Elgin Hall, Essex Hall and London Hall are the suite style residences. Perth Hall and Ontario Hall are the hybrid style residences. Students hate the elevators and wifi at the residences; for being too slow. Western University’s website mentions the housing facility for about $1750 a month. If you want a house for cheap, try off campus living. The house rent can cost from CAD 300 to 350 per person. If you want an apartment then it can go to CAD 750. The monthly food bill could be around CAD 400 to 500. Living off-campus may save you about CAD 1000. Students point out that the bus transit system is a little unreliable.


Weather

Students say that campus is beautiful no matter what is the season. Summers are hot (26 degrees Celsius) and humid. Spring and autumn are not too long. After fall, London gets a little gloomy like most cities in Canada. It goes to 8 degrees in winter, still it is not freezing cold, compared to other cities. When it snows, it creates an absolute havoc but students say that one can make the best out of winter fests in that time.


Faculty and pedagogy

The total number of faculty is 1414 with the faculty to student ratio being 1:24. The professors at Western University are always there to help and students point out that they are even tolerant of questions in the lectures, no matter how absurd those questions are. Its ‘Faculty of Social Science' is internationally reputed and the course on ‘library sciences' makes a mark as one of the only 8 accredited Canadian courses under the American Library Association. The Business School of Western University has made a mark over the years for being rigorous and transformational.


Financial aid

The fees for international under graduate students per year are average CAD 20,000 and average CAD 5000 for international graduate students per term. There are various ‘International Student Awards’ that one may apply to; like the ‘Ontario Graduate Scholarships’ (up to $ 40,000) and ’Trudeau Trillium Scholarships’ (up to $ 60,000). The ‘Western Admission Scholarships’ are awarded to first year students with exceptional scores in their entrances.


Jobs and placements

The ‘Ivey Business School’ at Western University that offers an MBA program, looks pretty much reverential in terms of academics and placements. Nevertheless, there are internships and co-ops are available for all departments. Students from Western, earn in the range of $25000-$40000 in their first jobs. London has a large tech and entrepreneurial industry and there are regular meet-ups that one can attend for networking.


Alumni

  • Roberta Bondar: Canada’s First Female Astronaut
  • Glenn Stevens: Economist
  • Shuman Ghosemajumder: Canadian Technologist and Entrepreneur
  • Vandana Shiva: Indian Scholar, Environmentalist


Verdict

Students say that in terms of being a great combination of community, social and academic experience, Western University is your best choice. It is said that Western University is more of an ‘American’ school than any of its counterparts (McGill, McMaster, Queens) hence you experience that aspect in both academics and extracurricular. Students are generally proud of their varsity team ‘Western Mustangs’ and that’s a great point to mingle with people. Overall, this college is one of the best universities in Canada, especially in the fields of Social Science, Business and Medicine.




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